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Tourism Strategy Forum

27th Mar 2019
10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Maraboon Tavern, Cnr. Esmond Street and Hospital Road Emerald Queensland Australia 4720

Tourism Strategy Forum - Wednesday 27 March 2019

Tourism Strategy Tours - Thursday 28 March 2019

CHDC's TourismStrategy Forum will bring together tourism operators, industry representatives, event organisers and a range of key leaders in tourism. They will discuss the best ways to tap into the changing tourism market and how we can all work together to leverage off these opportunities; enabling Central Highlands to achieve its full potential in the tourism market.

Growing and sustaining businesses and events for the region by giving our visitors quality experiences through tourism opportunities they are seeking and in turn participating as advocates on behalf of our region through their own networks and social media channels.

Along with a range of keynote speakers providing the latest insights and developments, we will also host a Q&A time with panellists within the industry as well as operators.

The afternoon session will enable operators the opportunity to meet with key industry staff from TEQ (Tourism Events Queensland) and QTIC (Queensland Tourism Industry Council) for one on one micro meetings and mentoring sessions.

The following day gives operators and key industry people the opportunity to meet up and share their operation to those from out of the region and to those in the community who have the potential to directly leverage off their operation/event.



  • General Admission


Event MC

CHRC Mayor Kerry Hayes is currently in his 18th year in Local Government having been elected on three consecutive terms on the former Emerald Shire Council before being elected to the newly amalgamated Central Highlands Regional Council in 2008 for four year term, before being elected Mayor in 2016.

Kerry is the Managing Director of Emerald Land and Cattle Company, a business focused on livestock, rural property and trading water entitlement in the Nogoa – Mackenzie sector of the Fitzroy Basin.

Since being elected Mayor, he has strongly advocated enhancing economic development controlling costs, improving community engagement and creating a “regional” livability that will attract population to his region.

Cr Hayes has served on boards relating to vegetation management, CBD revitalisation, planning and was chair of the Council’s Flood Recovery efforts in 2008 and 2010-11.

Kerry is the Chair of the Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) and is currently chair of the Central Highlands Accelerate Agriculture (CHAA) group which is an innovative and effective change to the way local government promotes and delivers for key agricultural industries in the Central Highlands. He is also currently the chair of the Central Highlands (Qld) Housing Company Limited and a member of the LGAQ Regional Economic Development Advisory Group and the Bowen Basin Regional Roads Transport Group.

He was the previous chair of the Central Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (CQROC) from 2016 - 2018 and Western Queensland Local Government Association (WQLGA) from 2017 – 2018. 


Brett Kapernick

Deputy CEO & General Manager, QTIC (Qld Tourism Industry Council)
Brett is the Deputy CEO for Queensland’s peak tourism industry body – QTIC. Joining... More

Kerry Kerr

Tourism and Marketing Manager, Capricorn Enterprise
Kerry Kerr who commenced with Capricorn Enterprise in June 2018 and is certainly not new to... More

Annalese Chainey

Best of Qld Specialist, Strategy, Innovation & Performance, TEQ Tourism and Events Queensland
Annalese started at TEQ in digital marketing fresh out of uni. She has spent the last 10 years... More

Michelle Whitehouse

Co-Owner, Australian Nature Guides
Following a number of years working as a hospitality professional in her hometown of Melbourne,... More

Judith Mair

Associate Professor, The University of Queensland, School of Business
Associate Professor Judith Mair is Discipline Leader of the Tourism Discipline Group at the UQ... More

Peter Homan

General Manager, Outback Qld Tourism Association
Peter is a solution focused General Manager/CEO with a career demonstrating visionary leadership... More

Graham Reid

Director, Travel West
Being brought up on a farm in SW WA and working all over the state and finishing with a season... More

Tour Options

Thursday 28 March 2019 - 10am - 3pm

Choose from 3 destinations - Blackdown Tablelands, Sapphire Gemfields or Springsure Minerva Hills. Meet local operators, make connections and be a part of the future of Tourism in the Central Highlands. Transport to locations can be organised by CHDC upon request at time of registration. 


Event Location

Maraboon Tavern Cnr Esmond St & Hospital Road Emerald

Contact the event organiser

Use the details below or the contact form to the right to get in touch.

Kylie Hawkins 07 4982 4386